So, what are you doing to prepare for the end of civilization?

Are you stocking up on canned and dry food supplies? Water?

What about energy sources? How would you heat your dwelling in the event of a sudden and permanent loss of hydro-electricity? Do you have a wood stove? If so, how many cords of wood have you stored?

How about oil lamps? How many of those do you have?

Chances are, the vast majority of people are not prepared for the end of civilization as we know it now, yet never have we — the rich, industrial nations — been so vulnerable.

That our modern, technological civilization is going to collapse has almost become the consensus of many. We’ve seen the devastating effects of climate change throughout the world, and it’s only the proverbial tip of a melting iceberg. There are many more weather-related horrors to come.

Climate change is probably the biggest man-made threat to modern civilization. There are other such threats, of course: nuclear war, terrorist attacks in multiple and increasingly more sophisticated methods.

Just as at any moment death can — and does — claim each one of us, so, too, at any moment, large swaths of our nations can be plunged into darkness, literally and figuratively, as power grids crumble under the forces of fire, wind and water — and earthquakes and all that accompany them.

We’ve all experienced power outages, and know too well how inconvenient they can be when it takes a day or two or three for the lights — and heat — to come back on.

But what if the lights won’t be coming back on for a very long time? What if they will never be coming back on?

What if oil and gas are no longer available for your city, state, province, nation?

What if grocery stores run out of food and close permanently?

Of course, people survived for thousands of years without the social infrastructure we have today. And depending on the extent of devastation we experience, humans would piece together civilization in time … maybe.

But in the meantime, the vast majority of people — that is, those who survive the initial meltdown of civilization as they know it — could not instantly revert to pre-electricity days.

In the dead of a northern winter, people would freeze to death in their apartments and condos and other types of dwelling that seem so practical when the power is on, but so impractical without electricity.

So, what can you do? What are you doing to prepare for a prolonged or permanent breakdown of civilization? Could you and your family survive by hunting and fishing? By chopping wood for heat?

Could you survive without civilization as we know it?

— Jillian